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BENTIU - 29 Mar 2013

Taban Deng confirms army's withdrawal from border zone

Taban Deng Gai, Governor of South Sudan’s Unity state, has briefed his state cabinet on details of the implementation of the joint cooperation agreements signed recently between Sudan and South Sudan. He says that the South Sudanese army has withdrawn from the buffer zone now established at Unity Stat's northern border.

The state minister for information, culture, youth and sport, also the state government’s spokesman, Joseph Arop Malual, said that the governor confirmed the SPLA’s withdrawal by 11 km south to Jau as well as from Tashwin, as per the recent agreement in Addis Ababa. He was briefing the cabinet at the state government’s secretariat

Arop added that the oil-rich border area, Heglig, and Mayom county’s Kai Kang will be accessible by citizens and will be used in cross-border trade between the neighbours.

South Sudan and Sudan recently agreed on an implementation matrix in order to finally put into place an agreement on trade and security signed last September.

File photo: Governor Taban Deng Gai visits an oil field in Unity State in November last year (Radio Tamazuj)